Cutting through the B.S. on I.B.S

I used to suffer from terrible “I.B.S or Irritable Bowel Syndrome”. I went to the doctors a couple of times, but was met with indifference and a lack of solutions: Drink peppermint tea or try some anti-spasmodic drugs were the responses. I didn’t fancy the latter, and the former did nothing, so it appeared I …

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Why you should be Pro-Biotic: Part VI – You are what eats what you eat…Or someone else’s poo?

Over the last five posts, we’ve covered the importance of the microbiome to health through its role in digestion and immunity, and how a dysbiosis (imbalance of good to bad bacteria), can result in a number of serious health problems, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, allergies and autoimmune conditions! In this final instalment, we …

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Why you should be Pro-Biotic: Part V – Beware Friendly Fire – The Truth about Infectious Disease and Antibiotics

Germs are everywhere – On your kitchen surfaces, your computer keyboard, even your children’s toys! They’re poised and ready, waiting to jump down your throat and up your nose where they can multiply and cause you to become ill, unless your immune system manages to fight them off. The best course of action is to …

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Management of Metabolic Syndrome with Pro and Prebiotics

Why you should be Pro-Biotic: Part IV – Dysbiosis, Inflammation and Chronic Disease

The term dysbiosis refers to an imbalance between the levels of “good” bacteria and “bad” bacteria residing in your gut. As having a healthy population of beneficial gut microbes is essential for proper digestion and metabolism of food, and a fully functioning immune system, it should come as no surprise that a state of dysbiosis …

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Why you should be Pro-Biotic: Part III – Meet the Troops

In last week’s instalment of this series of articles on the gut flora mircobiome and its importance to health, we looked at its role in digestion, and how we are reliant on it in order to be able to absorb much of the energy and essential nutrients from our food. Aiding digestion is only one …

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Why you should be Pro-Biotic: Part II – A Question of Digestion

It is generally well known that the reason ruminants are able to digest grass, while we can’t, is that they have special bacteria living in their stomachs which can break down the indigestible plant matter into a form that can be absorbed by the cow. What is perhaps not so well known, is that although …

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Why you should be Pro-Biotic: Part 1 – We Are Not Alone

It has been a couple of years since I last wrote about gut flora, and its role in health and well-being. During that time, gut flora, or gut microbiota/the mircobiome as it is termed in the scientific community, has become a hot topic, and there have been a glut of research studies conducted in the …

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Primal Kitchen Basics – Making Live Sauerkraut

Almost all traditional cultures from across the globe feature some form of fermented vegetable product as part of their cuisine. Fermentation was originally used to preserve vegetables throughout the winter months. It has now largely gone out of fashion, replaced by modern less time consuming techniques such as the use of preservatives, canning and refrigeration. …

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